Noel Cintron, Trump’s driver for more than 20 years, filed the suit Monday against the Trump Organization in the New York Supreme Court.
“In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige President Donald Trump has, through the defendant entities, exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver,” Cintron alleges in the complaint.
Cintron claims that he was forced to work “thousands” of hours in overtime, and was not given a “meaningful raise” in more than 10 years.
Cintron claims in the lawsuit, which also names Trump Tower Commercial LLC as a defendant, that he worked between 50 and 55 hours weekly beginning at 7 a.m. five days per week until the Secret Service took over Trump’s driving responsibilities.
In the lawsuit, Cintron claims he worked 550 hours of overtime every year and was not paid time-and-a-half. He also claims he was not paid for work on holidays and vacations, and that he did not receive accurate wage statements. Cintron is suing for 3,300 overtime hours, just those during the past six years, due to the statute of limitations.
“Donald Trump has proclaimed himself as a champion of working men and women, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said Cintron’s attorney, Larry Hutcher. “Noel Cintron worked for him days, nights and weekends, but year after year Trump refused to pay him the wages he had earned. A complete disregard for the rights of workers has defined his disgraceful record in business.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Cintron has not received a raise since 2010, when his salary was raised from $68,000 to $75,000. He claims that he was “induced to surrender his health benefits obtained through Trump, saving Trump approximately $17,866.08 per year in health insurance premiums” when he received the raise.
Cintron is seeking damages for the unpaid hours as well as a series of other punitive damages and legal fees.
BY AVERY ANAPOL – 07/09/18